Shrimp! South Carolina to open trawling season

Workers sort through shrimp on the deck of a shrimp boat on Shem Creek in 2007. The commercial shrimping season opens Thursday, which is earlier than had been expected.

Grace Beahm

Shrimp trawling starts up again Thursday at 8 a.m., which means the tasty local catch should be coming in by evening to a dock near you.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources today announced the opening, which is a little earlier than had been expected only a few weeks ago.

Waters remain colder than usual, slowing down the shrimp growth, one of the big reasons for the expected delay, said DNR biologist Larry DeLancey. But sample catches have shown a fair number of spring white shrimp and some big ones.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.